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Plus, It Eliminates the Need to Decipher Doctors' Handwriting

An article in Technology Review discusses the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act that is part of the US stimulus package. This portion of the bill would provide $18 million in incentives for doctors and hospitals to use electronic record systems. The Tech Review story also refers to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found that hospitals with automated records "had fewer complications, lower mortality rates, and lower costs."

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.